Meet Our Speakers

We are thrilled to have a group of talented and empowering keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Learn more about this year’s speakers, and connect with them on social media.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com, creator of the NextNow podcast and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc.

Cheryl is the author of 10 books including her newest, Super.Crucial.Human and her bestsellers, “NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work” and “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced-World”.

Cheryl’s thought leadership on the future of all things including work, society and life has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Huff Post, Forbes, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Reader’s Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, and more. For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value for clients that include Amazon, Upwork, AT&T,, Gartner, Scottish Water, ExecOnline and more.

Clients rate her keynotes on hybrid workplace, the human future, the future of leadership and leading hybrid teams as being inspirational, research based and highly relevant to the fast changing now and future workplace.

Cheryl brings unique multiple perspectives to her clients, gained by years of successfully working with a multitude of organizations.

Cheryl is passionate about helping leaders and teams develop the crucial human skills needed to lead a human focused future where we leverage technology to automate the mundane so that we can elevate the humane

Opening Plenary Speaker

Suzie Yorke

Suzie Yorke

Founder & CEO, Love Good Fats

Suzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy foods and good fats back. As a 25-year veteran of the CPG industry, Suzie has worked at brand building companies such as Procter Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft, Heinz and Weight Watchers. She also worked at two hyper growth Start-ups prior to creating her own rocket ship success story brand, at age 50. She is more so a unique, “later blooming” entrepreneur, who utilized her accomplished marketing background, personal journey, and deep devotion and passion for health, to drive towards her Mission to spread the word that fat is back, and sugar is out!

Starting in 2017, Suzie led the launch and expansion of Love Good Fats to exceed $100 million in Gross Revenues in a little over 3 years with sales in the largest retailers across Canada and the US. Love Good Fats quickly became one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America Suzie is now on her second Start-up and launching FourX Better ChocolateTM. This new brand is about to change how we think about chocolate: it’s the world’s first Bean-to-BarTM, Fair-TradeTM functional chocolate Bite, with 0g of Sugar added, that is also providing your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, adaptogens, and supplements.

Suzie’s astounding success has been recognized with many business awards since launching Love Good Fats, including the 2019 WXN Top 100 BMO Entrepreneur Award, 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones to Watch Award, The Women of Inspiration 2021 Special Recognition Entrepreneur Award, The 2021 RevolutionHer Entrepreneur Role Model Award, the 2021 Globe Mail Report on Business Top Growing Companies in Canada, placing in the coveted top #1 spot for 2017-2020 Revenues Growth, the Women of Influence Top 25 Women in Canada 2023 Award, the 2022 LGBT+ Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Workshop Presenters

Ashley Noseworthy

Ashley Noseworthy

President and CEO, Edgewise Environmental

Ashley Noseworthy is the CEO and founder of Edgewise Environmental – a certified women-owned marine environmental consultancy focused on marine mammals, sea birds and anthropogenic noise mitigation solutions. She holds an MSc (International Marine Environmental Consulting) from Newcastle University, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University and a BSc (Biology) from Memorial University. Ashley has spent over a decade of her life at sea, working offshore on some of the largest energy projects in the world including West Africa, The Arabian Gulf, the Arctic and Eastern Canada. She is the 2022 recipient of the NLOWE Trailblazer Award and named one of the Top 100 Inspirational Female Founders of Ocean and Energy 2023 by The Ocean Opportunity Lab. Ashley is a fierce advocate of women in STEM and breaking down boundaries in non-traditional roles.

Ogaga Johnson

Ogaga Johnson

Director of Workforce Development, Econext

Ogaga Johnson is a dynamic project management leader, speaker, and workforce development expert. As the Director of Workforce Development at econext, she spearheads innovative initiativespreparing the workforce for the blue/green economy. Ogaga is also the founder of Verisult, a forward-thinking company guiding immigrants to fulfillingin-demand careers and providing project management services to businesses. As a seasonal and guest lecturer, she imparts knowledge to students at universities and colleges,and as a global professional, Ogaga brings a wealth of experience across three continents. She teaches and speaks on various topics including project management, time management,business, leadership, team development, and diversity in the workforce. Her sessions are known to be full of energy, engaging, interactive, relatable, and impactful.

Jackie McCann-Scott

Jackie McCann-Scott

Jackie McCann-Scott is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Health Insurance specialist (CHS). Over more than 20 years, Jackie has built a fresh and forward-thinking financial planning practice that aims to inform and encourage the clients it serves. As the founder of Lupin Planning Group Inc and an active member of Advocis – The Financial Advisors Association of Canada – she recently led an initiative to help improve the financial literacy of the province’s youth and is a regular contributor to various local media, where she helps people gain clarity on a wide variety of financial topics. A tireless volunteer and wellness advocate, she currently serves as the Treasurer for the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as a Director with the Downtown CBS Business Improvement Association.  A champion for female empowerment, in 2023 she was the proud recipient of the Mentorship Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE).

Johanna Brown

Johanna Brown

JB Consulting

Johanna has been working in enterprise technology sales for the past 14 years. Working with clients across North America, while based in St. John’s, NL. Johanna is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Rivet (a sales enablement company), Vice Chair of techNL, MP at Women’s Equity Lab (AtlanAc), Mentor for the Canadian Women’s Network (CWN), and has worked with AtlanAc incubators and technology organizaAons at various stages of growth (pre-seed to enterprise) with a focus on equity deserving groups. Johanna has worked across many industries, including highly regulated industries like healthcare, cybersecurity, financial compliance and govtech. Johanna thrives on creaAng value
between companies and their respecAve customers and users, enabling them to expand their client base and increase their growth

TJ Jones

TJ Jones

Owner Full Picture Management

With his business Full Picture Management, Tj supports organizations in expanding their capacity to meaningfully include and serve 2SLGBTQIA+ folks. Their work is informed by filtering their business & HR education through 20+ years of lived experience and decade of 2SLGBTQIA+ community advocacy. Driven to help improve the workplace and consumer experiences of his fellow queer and trans humans, Tj loves holding space that empowers people to investigate their biases and consider the perspectives of others

Olivia Crane

Olivia Crane

Owner and Founder of Amplified Social

Olivia is the owner & founder of the boutique digital marketing agency: Amplified Social. Olivia is passionate about simplifying and supporting business owners in their content creation and strategic execution of social media marketing.

Olivia has 7 years of experience in social media marketing & management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from MUN and Digital Marketing Institute’s Certification for a Digital Marketing Professional.

She coaches individuals using her 4-step method to social media success so they can amplify their brand and business. Olivia has 7 years of experience in growing social brands and has worked with clients across Canada & the US. In 2020, she took her business online, making Amplified completely virtual, and growing in clients &
team members ever since.

Dr. Jacqui Bartlett

Dr. Jacqui Bartlett

Springboard Atlantic

Dr. Bartlett is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business in St. John’s and founder of Understandable. Jacqui has worked in the technology sector for 25 years, including 8 years as in-house counsel for start-ups in Newfoundland and Labrador and three years running a law
clinic for start-ups at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She taught Business at Grenfell Campus for over 10 years. She has a PhD in intellectual property law and enjoys working with start-ups in the NL entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Springboard is a network of the 19 Atlantic Canadian Universities and colleges that connects businesses with research and development to drive economic growth. Springboard is the regional delivery partner for a new $90 Million federal program called Elevate IP (Intellectual Property) aimed at assisting Canadian companies protect their innovations.

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